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CrossFit Journal Articles
The CrossFit movements are functional, full-body movements that generate a great deal of power, and virtuosity in these movements requires instruction, practice and refinement. The movements are tremendously effective for producing fitness, but they are c
The Quick Lifts: Start Here
Bill Starr offers up a program designed to help athletes begin training the basics of the Olympic lifts.
Spanish Push Jerk
Maggie Dabe from CrossFit Fairfax is one of CrossFit HQâ€™s traveling seminar trainers. Originally from Ecuador, she explains our standard cues and faults for the push jerk entirely in Spanish.
The Burgener Files - Clean and Jerk Part 1
You have one hour to teach the clean and jerk to six athletes of varying ability: how do you do it? Tony Budding of CrossFit HQ threw the challenge at Olympic lifting expert Mike Burgener, who wasn't phased at all. "I'm sure we can get it do..
Mastering the Jerk
Legendary weightlifting coach Bill Starr writes about why learning the jerk is so important. In recent years overhead lifts have experienced a revival in strength routines, and theyâ€™re also a big part of CrossFit. Of course, with my background in Oly
On the Safety and Efficacy of Overhead Lifting
This month we respond to the oft-heard conjecture that lifting overhead is inherently dangerous--i.e., that it is destructive of the shoulder. Conjecture, by definition, is required neither to comport with fact nor to offer testable proposition, and, as s
Better Movements: The Jerk and the Kipping Pull-up
In this lecture from a recent CrossFit certification seminar, Greg Glassman looks at the differences among the shoulder press, push press, and push jerk and compares them to the differences between strict and kipping pull-ups. The advantage of the "better
Fixing Loopy Lifts
Continuing our series on the Olympic lifts, we focus this month on addressing a common problem for many CrossFitters: looping and floating under the bar. All three lifts--the snatch, the clean, and the jerk--must be fast, explosive, aggressive movements.
Teaching The Jerk
In the first of a four part series, Coach Mike Burgener of Mikeâ€™s Gym begins a detailed discussion of the jerk: how to learn it, how to master it and how to teach it.
The Lifting Shoulder
What should the shoulder's contribution to overhead lifting be? Should the shoulder remain fixed or should it elevate, moving toward the ear, during an overhead lift? These questions were recently raised on the CrossFit message board and found their way o
Coach Burgener knows more about Olympic Lifting than anyone on this planet. If you want to improve your snatch and/or clean & jerk then you NEED to attend the CrossFit Olympic Lifting. If you haven't heard of Coach B then you should slap yourself. Check out these CrossFit Journal articles for more info: The Burgener Warmup(free), The Stance, Clean and Jerk, Receiving The Bar and Snatch Grip Position
Improve your Deadlift, Bench Press and Backsquat with the CrossFit Power Lifting Course. If Louie Simmons is good enough for the various NFL and NCAA football programs then he's good enough for you. Check out these CrossFit Journal articles for more info: Louie on the Conjugate System and Dynamic-Effort Day.